Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: S.W. MO and N.E AR.
Model: 88 & 95SE 1500's, 82 1100I, 80 1100, etc..
You SHOULD be able to jump start from a car battery, though it does not work all the time I found out about a week ago myself! LOL
Once I finally changed the battery the bike started instantly on just a bike battery!
Turned out my only issue was the battery was junk when trying to start my 82 1100 after it sat a year. KNOWING the battery I put in it was good and starting my 1500 just fine a week or 2 earlier before I replaced it I did not suspect the battery to begin with.
Nothing worked to run the starter on that little 1100 engine!
Battery showed high volts like it should (could not find my load tester at first ) starter would not turn, no clicks, and tail light and dash lights, barely dimmed when hitting the starter button.
Charged battery over night and with charger on still same thing, basically nothing.
Connected HEAVY jumpers from large truck battery to bike battery, still nothing when hitting starter button.
Connected jumpers to a GOOD ground on frame and hit the POS direct to starter and she barely turned with heavy truck battery.
Pulled plugs, still barely turned hot jumping starter.
Engine was clean free and nothing in it like any fluids hydro locking it.
Yes, I was getting pretty baffled about then and really starting to think starter issues, probably gummed up stuck brushes or something from sitting so long.
I happened to find my load tester and tested that GOOD battery I had just removed from the 1500. Great Volts sitting, dropped to near 0 with a load! Went to Junk sitting on a shelf in 1-2 weeks!
Tested the truck battery and perfect, then I even tested my jumper cables later by connecting them to truck battery and load tester on other end, yep fine there also, cables carry a heavy load fine!
Really made no sense that nothing worked to start that little 1100, most I could ever do was get it to spin really slow! Once I took another battery out of a 1500 I been riding and installed it to the 1100 the bike spun perfect and tried to start right away.
Really made no sense since I do this type of thing all the time starting cars and trucks that sit for long periods and have weak/bad batteries for sure.
Even when the Relay A went bad on my 1500 I could jump hot from bike battery to starter wire on Relay B, basically a direct to starter, and 1500 would spin correct and start right up, till a got a new Relay A soon as I could.
Anyway, for some reason it did not work for the 1100 at the time. Maybe if a tried again it would?
So YES, you SHOULD be able to jump from a car battery fine, but don't pull your hair out looking for problems if it don't work. I hope mine will grow back. LOL
I ride for FOOD
99 SE 1500, Also riding now, Red ( Second fastest color)
95 SE 1500, riding now, Purple (the fastest color)
88 1500 recovering from deer hit, Phantom Gray (Most expensive color )
82 1100 riding sometimes, Red
Also 80 1100 naked and 86 1200 Interstate, not running yet.